Podcast: Lewis Moody discusses his life and career

Colin Newboult

Leon Lloyd turns the tables on Lewis Moody in After the Whistle as he grills his former Tigers team-mate.

Moody joined Leicester Tigers in 1996 and at just 18 became the youngest player to play a league game. His career went from strength-to-strength and he left the sport with a host of accolades to his name and an MBE.

In this candid conversation he chats to Lloyd about those eventful early years where he struggled to balance university life with rugby, his passion for Leicester and reveals the devastation he felt when his contract was terminated in 2010 after 14 years at Welford Road – something he still finds difficult to deal with to this day.

They talk about the moment Martin Johnson asked him to be captain of the England team while stood in his back garden, the numerous severe injuries that plagued his career and caused him to miss the 2007 Six Nations, and his silent battle with ulcerative colitis, which he hid from doctors, coaches, team-mates and his friends.

Well known for his all or nothing style on the field, this approach has not come without some trouble attached and Lewis is open and honest about that infamous red card he received in 2005 after being the first England player to be sent-off at Twickenham for fighting with fellow Leicester player and Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi.

You can listen to Lewis Moody’s podcast on audioboom, Spotify and Apple podcasts.